Big retailer hires Hallmark's former marketing chief

Payless ShoeSource Inc. announced its hiring of Ellen Junger as chief marketing officer — a role she previously held at Hallmark Cards Inc.

Topeka-based Payless said Junger will be chief customer and marketing officer. In a release, the retailer said she will oversee the study of market trends and consumer data, pursue development opportunities and align the customer experience with the retailer’s marketing messages.

Junger held a number of executive roles for Kansas City-based Hallmark, including…

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Saint Luke's partners with this payer to cut costs

Two companies started a partnership to reduce health care costs in Kansas City. Saint Luke’s Health System and UnitedHealthcare launched an accountable-care program on Monday to make it easier to share important health information and coordinate care for patients.

For example, a record of past visits outside a hospital’s network could prevent unnecessary testing and help physicians offer better care for patients with chronic conditions.

“Partnering with UnitedHealthcare will give Saint Luke’s physicians…

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Travel ban 'endangers everyone's ability to get, retain and grow talent'

President Donald Trump’s travel ban could have a dire effect on the tech industry’s ability to attract and retain talent.

The U.S. already faces a tech talent shortage. In Minnesota, where Leawood-based TriCom Technical Services does business, a 0 percent unemployment rate exists for information technology professionals, CEO and owner Matt Sharples said, and there are more IT jobs than people.

Compounding the issue is the growing number of aging baby boomers who are leaving the workforce and creating…

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GM Fairfax employees will get record profit-sharing checks

The record $9.4 billion profit at General Motors Co. in 2016 means its hourly workers will receive record profit-sharing checks worth $12,000 apiece.

For the 3,500 employees at the General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan., it means bonuses worth a total of $42 million. Workers at the plant produce the Chevrolet Malibu, which just celebrated its best sales year since 1980. It’s the third-best-selling vehicle in the GM lineup, behind the Chevrolet Silverado and the Chevrolet Equinox.

The…

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Sprint's primary owner looking to sell — or buy

Sprint Corp.’s primary owner may be looking to sell — or buy.

In the face or rumors about a potential merger, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said he faced new options for Sprint going forward, whether through a merger, or as a standalone company.

“There are so many options available,” Son said in a translation of SoftBank Group Corp.’s Wednesday investor conference. “Now, we may sell, maybe simple merger, we may be dealing with T-Mobile, we may be dealing with a totally different company.”

Of late,…

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Walnut Color: Why and How It’s Used in Contemporary Design

Although many beautiful woods exist, walnut is considered by many to be the finest wood in the world. Its rich brown to deep purple brown tones make a statement on whatever the walnut is used; in fact, very seldom is walnut wood stained because it is naturally so gorgeous. This doesn’t prevent other woods from…

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